MHP is relieved to hear that the most recent attempt by the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as the Graham-Cassidy Bill, was pulled from consideration prior to a vote, in the early evening on Tuesday, September 26th.
As of August 1, 2017, the Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey and Mental Health Partnerships have decided to join forces; to come together to better serve our communities and those who need us most.
A few years ago, Mental Health Partnerships (MHP), then known as Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), began expanding its supporter base and recruiting board members from outside the behavioral health space. But people from the corporate and business worlds didn’t easily grasp what the organization was all about. The name “Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania” didn’t say it all!
Yesterday morning, in an effort to finalize state budget negotiations, the Pennsylvania Senate passed HB 59, with provisions imposing work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. The provisions also open the door to cuts in “nonessential” benefits including things like dental, vision and prescription drugs.
MHP is deeply disappointed in the outcome of the Senate to raise a “motion to proceed”, and consider specific proposals to either repeal, or repeal and replace, the Affordable Care Act. The motion passed by a vote of 51 to 50 Tuesday afternoon, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania has endeavored since 1951 to bolster long-term recovery outcomes for those in need. A newly announced name change to Mental Health Partnerships speaks, in part, to its expanded reach and ambition. NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller speaks with Michael Brody, President and CEO of Mental Health Partnerships. Listen to the conversation below.